Johannesburg - Johannes Kekana has set his sights on an improved performance at the 2013 Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town after he won the City to City 50km race on Sunday.
Kekana, 40, won the annual City to City event between Johannesburg and Centurion, his first victory over an ultra distance, in two hours, 50 minutes, 39 seconds (2:50:39).
In April, Kekana, a former All Africa Games marathon champion, was 53rd in the Two Ocean, over 56km, in 3:32:56.
“I trained hard for this marathon (City to City) and now I'm just going to rest so that I recover well, in time for my Two Oceans training,” Kekana said.
“My focus is on training well for that race and giving myself enough time so that I can do well in it.
"This year all my races showed disappointing results but now at least I can say my year has ended on a high because of this victory."
The 44th edition of the Two Oceans, to be held in March next year, is expected to attract just over 9 000 entrants.
Meanwhile, Odwa Tunyiswa, the 2011 City to City winner, who was neck-and-neck with Kekana until 10km to go, was disappointed with his performance after he faded to ninth place.
“It was a tough race for me. My legs started to cramp in the last 10 km stretch,” said Tunyiswa, who was oozing with confidence before the event.
“The race was faster than what I had anticipated. I went too fast on most hills and that was not what I had planned.”
Tunyiswa commended Kekana on his victory.
“He deserves to win after all the training he did, especially after being in camp with his club for over four weeks,” Tunyiswa said.